Dec 29, 2012 4:00am PST
. but there is one thing the senate has been able to agree on, getting aid to victims of superstorm sandy. by a 61-33 vote, the chamber passed the measure offering $60 billion in help. it heads to the house which must approve the bill by thursday or else the process has to start all over again. at least 113 people were killed when superstorm sandy hit in late october. the governors of new york and new jersey, the hardest hit states have estimated damages at more than $78 billion with a "b,". >>> the senate has approved a bill extending secret eavesdropping overseas. the measure's headed to president obama. he's expected to sign it. cnn's brian todd takes a closer look at this controversial foreign intelligence surveillance act. >> reporter: he ordered it just after 9/11, and it became one of the most controversial tactics used by former president george w. bush and his security team to fight the war on terror. the secret wiretapping without warrants of communications between u.s. residents and people overseas suspected of being terrorists. it drew fire because sometimes the communications of innoc
Dec 23, 2012 4:00am PST
there in newtown. meanwhile, we saw the last three funerals for the sandy hook victims. three more little girls were laid to rest, left to right, josephine gay, anna marquez-greene and emilie parker. >> today we had a beautiful tribute to emilie and we said our final good-byes today. it was so special to have family together, to sing songs that were emilie's favorites. >> after the holidays, the survivors of the sandy hook shooting will return to school. they'll be in a new building, but it will be filled with all the furniture and artwork from their old school. >>> one new jersey school district plans to have armed police officers in all of their schools starting when classes resume after the holidays. the mayor says he made the decision before the nra made the suggestion on friday. they actually had armed guards in some of the schools already. new jersey governor chris christie on the other hand thinks armed guards in schools aren't the answer to gun violence and that problem. >>> to washington now and the negotiations over the fiscal cliff. actually, there really aren't any negotiations now.
Dec 22, 2012 3:00am PST
's national opinion research center. but again, we're talking about the shooting at sandy hook elementary school. it's not the pistols, it's the assault weapons, the ones that shoot 50 to 100 bullets in just seconds. the nra was quiet in the wake of the shooting. but yesterday they ended their silence by placing blame. >> our nation's refusal to create an active national data base of the mentally ill. vicious, violent video games with names like "bullet storm," "grand theft auto," "mortal combat," and "splatter house." blood-soaked films out there like "american psycho," "natural born killers." politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones. they issue press releases bragging about them. they post signs advertising them. and in doing so, they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> but nra executive vice president wayne lapierre also has a solution. >> does anybody really believe that the next adam lanza isn't planning his attack on a school he's already identified at this very moment? how many more copycats ar
Dec 23, 2012 3:00am PST
at sandy hook elementary school. this comes just after the final three funerals for the victims of that tragedy. emilie parker, josephine gay. all little girls with bright futures taken before their time. people gathered to say their good-byes. >> to just see the hall filled with pink flowers, glitter, it was fancy and that's what emilie lived her life celebrating life. and everything was special to emilie. >> she was just 6 years old and her father is one of the few family members from the newtown families to speak publicly about the shooting. he wanted people to remember his daughter as a kind and caring big sister. >>> now, to other news, president obama is in hawaii for the holidays and today he'll help celebrate the life of the late senator daniel inouye. he is scheduled to attend the funeral for the pacific in honolulu. the senator passed away last weekend at the age of 88. the president spoke at the memorial service in washington on friday. >>> in new orleans, a federal judge has given final approval to bp settlement with gulf coast businesses and residents. bp will pay a